Saturday, 4 August 2018

(The Star) New chapter opens for villagers in PJ

Less fortunate children at Kampung Lindungan PJS 6 Petaling Jaya will now have a brand-new library and see the world through books.

Located beside the open carpark of PKNS Minangkabau flats’ block six, the library, which is equipped with an array of books and computers, will serve villagers of all ages.

The library, a collaboration between the Selangor Public Library Corporation (PPAS) and Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), is uniquely designed using unused shipping containers.

The container-library concept is also one of the first in the country and was designed based on feedback from the surrounding community.

(From left) Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Johary Anuar, Mohd Azizi, Nik Nazmi, Amirudin, Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah and Lembah Jaya assemblyman Haniza Mohamed Talha launching the new container library at Kampung Lindungan PJS 6, Petaling Jaya.

“Having a library here has always been number one on my wish list since years back when I was still the Seri Setia assemblyman.

“I wanted children here to be given the opportunity to broaden their horizons through books and grow their imagination by inculcating the love for reading,” said PPAS board of directors chairman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad at the launch.

Nik Nazmi, who is the current Setiawangsa MP, hoped that the library would be fully utilised by all residents and also be a model for other places to follow suit.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain was also present.

“Under this smart city plan, we have smart engagement with the community and this is our way of reaching out to those often forgotten or left out in development,” he said.

MBPJ officers will be collecting feedback from library visitors to see how they can further improve the library’s services.

He added that there would be more community outreach and engagement programmes in the near future.

Officiating at the launch of the container library was Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari who said community engagement was very important.

The new public library, designed using unused shipping containers, is a collaboration between the Selangor Public Library Corporation and Petaling Jaya City Council.“We do not want a case whereby there are too many big infrastructure projects going on and the urban poor gets left behind.

He added that he was ready to go on site to get feedback from youths, women, businessmen, urban poor and non-governmental organisations before planning the budget for next year.

“I hope this library will be the main knowledge hub for the young here,” said Amirudin.

This year, the state has already allocated a fund of RM181.9mil to strengthen the education system in Selangor.